What size sandpit?

Sandpits come in various shapes and sizes, including square, hexagonal, novelty and rounded. The larger sandpits are usually made of wood and the smaller ones tend to be plastic, which can be moulded into various shapes, including animals.

With such a wide range of children’s sandpits to choose from, the following is a guide to help you decide which size sandpit will suit you best.

Do you have a budget in mind to buy your children’s sandpit?
Smaller, plastic sandpits are cheaper than larger ones, which are often made of wood. Also, smaller in size means you will require less sand to fill the sand pit, which is another expense you should include in your budget. Generally speaking, it’s best to go for the biggest sand pit possible within your budget, in order to get the most use out of it.wooden sandpit with sun shade

Where will the sandpit be used?
Where your children’s sandpit will be located can affect what size sandpit you should buy. Will your sandpit be used indoors, outdoors, or both? If it’s going to be used indoors, you may want to look for a smaller, plastic sandpit, or a sand table, which will require less space. If you have an area of garden available, it’s a good idea to measure the space you have available, so you know the maximum size you could buy.

It’s also worth remembering that a smaller sandpit can be moved more easily, so could be used indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather. Larger sandpits are heavier, so would be better placed in a static position.

If you will be moving your child’s sandpit frequently, a smaller sand table, or sand and water table might suit you better.

hexagonal wooden sand pitHow many children will be using the sandpit?
The number of children who will be using the sand pit at any time is an important factor to consider when choosing which size sandpit to buy.

One child, or a couple of toddlers will happily play in a smaller sandpit or at a sand table, whereas older children and a larger number of children would be better with a larger sandpit, to give them more space to play.

What kind of activities will the sandpit be used for?
Will your children’s sandpit be used for sand, water, or a combination of both? You may want to look for a sandpit just for sand, or one which will allow you swap the sand for water and give a variation on playtime activities.

Plastic sandpits are better suited to water than wooden sandpits, and you can actually buy some which have multiple compartments, or a lid, which can hold water.

It’s also worth thinking about the type of activities and toys your child will use in the sandpit. For example, some of the larger, digger toys, will require more space and a larger sandpit would be more appropriate.sand and water play table

What are the ages of the children who will be using the sandpit?
Do you have a toddler who would be delighted to simply make sandcastles and dig, or older children who need more space to use diggers and construction toys in their sandpit? The answer to this question can be a good indicator as to what size of sandpit you should buy. However, you might also want to think ahead, as a larger sandpit will last longer as your child will not outgrow it so quickly.

Once you have considered these questions, you should have a better idea what size sandpit would suit your needs and you should be ready to start thinking about whether you want a plastic sandpit or a wooden sandpit.